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Google Carrier Services moves to the Play Store, but it does absolutely nothing (for now)

Many device manufacturers, including Google, choose to update pre-installed applications through the Play Store. This way, individual apps can be updated without the need for an entire system software update. Another pre-installed app, simply called 'Carrier Services,' has been moved to the Play Store.

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Pandora announces premium subscription that lets you choose your tracks

Pandora has been streaming music for longer than many of the top streaming services, but it's always gone about things differently. Pandora is based on radio stations rather than specific tracks. Today, Pandora is deploying a new version of its service that's more in-line with competing options. For $10 per month, you can pick songs instead of trusting that the radio station won't stink.

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YouTube is testing at least three new video loading animations

If you've been following our coverage of the many separate Play Store experiments, you'll know that Google has a tendency to test several interface changes at once. This time, at least three new video loading animations have been spotted in the YouTube app.

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[Deal Alert] Bloons TD 5 ($2.99), Game Studio Tycoon ($1.99), and Aralon: Sword and Shadow ($4.99) are all free on the Play Store

Do you like free apps and games? Of course you do. This time around, there are three Android games that are temporarily free - Bloons Tower Defense 5, Game Studio Tycoon, and Aralon: Sword and Shadow.

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Solid Explorer 2.2.7 updated with app shortcuts to most recent cloud locations and more

Solid Explorer is one of the first things I install on most of my devices when I get them. The file manager is packed full of features, updated regularly, and offers plenty of stuff for any level of user. The latest update, v2.2.7, brings a few additions and some bug fixes, but let's take a look through the changelog first.

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TWRP 3.1.0 released with new backup abilities, improvements to decryption, and more

TWRP is by far the most popular custom recovery, allowing you to backup and restore your device, easily flash new ROMs, and perform other tasks. TWRP 3.1 builds are now available for all supported devices, and the update brings a few new features and many bug fixes.

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Joaquim Vergès (of Falcon Pro fame) is leaving Twitter for Twitch

The name Joaquim Vergès might ring a bell if you've been following the drama over Twitter clients for a few years. Vergès clashed with Twitter a while back as his Falcon Pro Twitter client got increasingly popular. Then, he joined the company as a developer. Now he's leaving Twitter after just a year and a half for a job at Twitch.

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Chrome 58 Dev adds ability to open Custom Tab links in new Chrome tabs

Chrome 57, which is currently in Beta, brings all the normal tab controls to Chrome Custom Tabs. Chrome 58 is taking that a step further with the ability to open Custom Tab links in a new Chrome tab - a notable improvement over how Custom Tabs currently handle links.

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Peel Mi Remote brings TV guide capabilities to the Mi Remote controller app

Some Xiaomi phones come with an InfraRed blaster that you can use to control appliances around your house like the TV, air conditioner, DVD player, and more. Those phones have Mi Remote controller for TV/AC installed, an app that's similar to AnyMote and LG's QuickRemote. But beside being a regular remote controller, Mi Remote is also supposed to act as a TV guide and now that functionality is available through this new Peel plugin.

Just released on the Play Store, Peel Mi Remote acts as an extension to the main Mi Remote controller app. For those not familiar with the name, Peel makes a standalone TV guide app for 110+ countries and partners with many companies like Samsung (for the Galaxy Tab) and Pronto to add TV guide and remote capabilities to their devices.

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